Milk, money and sea turtles

We recently discovered the milk we usually buy, which is produced locally by Dunkley’s Dairy, was absent from supermarket shelves. We had been consistently buying the “pink” two percent fresh milk, then all of a sudden, it was not there.  In light of this very serious matter, we contacted the local producer, Dunkley’s Dairy, to find out what was going on and to find out where our “pink” milk had gone.

A very prompt response apologised for the inconvenience and explained that sometimes there is a lull in production, typically after storms and also in the summer because “it’s just so hot the ladies (cows) are feeling the heat” (poor cows!). The message went on to explain that the blue milk has the highest demand so takes precedence in production which is why the pink (our preferred 2 percent variety) and blue is sometimes not available?? They also added that the difference is surprisingly minimal between the fat content of the pink and blue fresh milks – with the pink being 2% fat and blue being 3% milk fat. Seems like they could just make one….?

This led us to actually take a look at the back of the blue milk and another interesting discovery was made.  There are 7 grams of fat per 8 ounce serving of the milk. Um, isn’t that two different systems – metric and imperial!? Only in Bermuda.

There’s a similar scenario in our car, a Peugeot. The odometer is in miles, the speedometer is in miles (and kilometres), the fuel range is in kilometres, the outside temperature is in Fahrenheit, but the air conditioning is in Celsius. People, make up your mind! Thank goodness for the converter app on my iPhone to keep me sane.

When it comes to currency, it’s a little simpler – sort of. Bermuda has its own currency the Bermuda Dollar (BMD) which is on par with the USD – they are actually both interchangeable. If you pay for something in BMD, you might get your change in a mix of USD and BMD, or you can just use USD to make purchases. Some things you also tip for in Bermuda, but I’m still trying to get my head around this. At a restaurant, gratuity is usually built into your bill for the table – which is certainly easier than trying to work out what percentage you should tip. Restaurants also don’t seem to mind splitting bills. However, at the supermarket, the packers are usually young students who don’t get paid but make some money from tips, packing bags. I am still trying to understand how much to tip – but I usually try for around a quarter (25 cents) per bag. Taxi drivers should also get a tip.

Pink Panther, my standup paddle board (you can see from the photo below why it has such a name), has been getting some regular outings this past week. She’s been frequenting  a place called Daniel’s Head at 9 Beaches in Somerset where it’s nice and flat and just gorgeous.  Daniel’s Head is home to loads of fish and huge sea turtles that pop their heads up and down. You get a great view of them from the SUP.

9 Beaches is actually a sad story. It was a fully functioning resort with little huts, many of which sit on stilts above the ocean, restaurants, bar, etc, that closed for redevelopment in 2010 but never reopened. Today, you can walk around the derelict site which is overgrown and cabins a a little worse for wear, and only imagine how stunning it was when fully operational. Seems such a shame but hopefully it will get redeveloped at some point and reopen again in the near future.

I have been making the most of being in the same time zone as Rio. On that note, I am off to watch some Olympics action! Go NZ!

Kiwi in Bermuda

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3 thoughts on “Milk, money and sea turtles

  1. Hi . I’m a Bermudian by birth as is my Mother,Father and sister . We emigrated here in 1971 after the race riots .A few Bermudian families did the move at the same time . I moved back to Bermuda for 10 years when I was in my 30s and so did my sister . We all now live in Marlborough. My mother grew up on whites island and my dad is from StGeorges. Hope you enjoy my Island try to get to Fricks Bay in Castle harbour . It’s my favorite place . I still have tons of relatives on the rock.

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    1. Hi I’m a fellow Bermudian, that emigrated to NZ in 1971, with my family for the same reasons. My name is Steven king, still have family there too, family name was Tapsell and last residence was Ferry Road, St Georges.

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